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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 144733
Last updated: 23 September 2021
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Time:12:15 UTC
Type:Silhouette image of generic C42 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Comco Ikarus C42 Cyclone
Owner/operator:Spatial Intelligence Ltd
Registration: ZU-EUZ
MSN: 0710-6918
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Near Bronkhorstspruit Dam, close to Pretoria -   South Africa
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:Dendron aerodrome (FADO)
Destination airport:Kitty Hawk
Investigating agency: CAA SouthAfrica
On 14 March 2012 at approximately 1015Z, the commercial pilot being the sole occupant on board the aircraft, departed from Dendron aerodrome (FADO) on a ferry (repositioning) flight from Dendron aerodrome to Kitty Hawk The flight towards Kitty Hawk was uneventful and the pilot deviated from his original flight plan and route towards Bronkhorstspruit dam.
The pilot concluded that he intended to fly overhead his friendís house at the dam although he was not authorized to do so. He then selected 2 notches of flap in order to decrease the aircraft stall speed and flew twice over the hill where his friend stayed at approximately 100ft AGL and then commenced with a left hand turn in order to route back to Kitty Hawk. However, as he tightened the turn with the aircraft in a steep left hand bank angle to have a lookout for a radio mast on the hill, he completely lost situational awareness. The aircraft stalled due to a low airspeed with the aircraft nose in a high nose
up attitude, causing the sink rate to increase. As the nose of the aircraft dropped during the stall, he selected full power. The aircraft airspeed eventually increased, but as he started to ease out of the dive, the aircraft was too low above the ground to prevent the aircraft from impacting the ground.
The aircraft was extensively damaged during the ground impact. The pilot sustained minor injuries to his shoulder and was admitted at hospital under observation and discharged after 2 days.

Probable Cause
The pilot overbanked the aircraft during an attempt to avoid collision with the radio mast resulting in a stall which he could not recover from.
Contributory Factor
The pilot disregarded the safety standards by flying at low altitude.


Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: CAA SouthAfrica
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report

Revision history:

31-Mar-2012 09:05 RobertMB Added

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